The Glorious Twelfth
The start of the red grouse shooting season falls each year on the 12th August. It is renowned worldwide among the field sports community as the ‘Glorious Twelfth’.
What makes Grouse so special?
Grouse can reach speeds of up to 80 miles an hour after just a few beats of their wings, and can change direction incredibly quickly. This means that a high level of skill is essential. For this reason, they represent the ultimate game bird shooting challenge.
Unlike other game birds, grouse are completely wild. The moorland on which they live is managed to encourage heather growth. However, the birds breed and live in a completely natural habitat, which represents some of the most breath taking scenery in Britain.
Being truly wild, there are only ever a small number of grouse each year, but the numbers fluctuate. With a relatively short shooting season of just 121 days, the opportunity for the gun to test their skill is limited.
What to wear on a Grouse Shoot?
Unlike shoots later in the year, the weather in August and September can be very warm, so you need to wear layers that can be taken off. A lighter wool or cotton jacket and a tattersall shirt are often all that is required. Cotton shooting stockings rather than wool will also make sure you don’t overheat in the heather!
Our Grenfell shooting jacket is ideal earlier in the season and roomy enough to allow full movement. A shooting waistcoat, with its practical pockets and recoil pads is the perfect alternative to a jacket when the temperature is really warm.
Grouse are fast, wild birds, and will spot anything in their environment that doesn’t blend in. Your clothes need to reflect the heather moorland. Muted greens and browns are perfect, even your tie should be discrete.